Leader profiles

President: Prokopis Pavlopoulos

Prokopis “Pakis” Pavlopoulos, born 10 July 1950) is the President of Greece, in office since 18 February 2015. A lawyer, university professor and politician, Pavlopoulos was elected by the Greek Parliament as the new President of Greece with 233 votes in favour.

Formder President: Karolos Papoulias

Dr. Karolos Papoulias; born June 4, 1929 is the seventh and current President of the Third Hellenic Republic.

Prime Minister: Alexis Tsipras

Alexis Tsipras, born 28 July 1974, is a Greek politician, Prime Minister of Greece since 26 January 2015 and leader of Syriza since 2009. On 25 January 2015, Tsipras led radical left SYRIZA to victory in a snap general election, receiving 36% of the vote and 149 out of the 300 seats in the Parliament and went on to become the 186th Prime Minister of Greece

Ex-Prime Minister: Antonis Samaras

Antonis Samaras, born 23 May 1951, is a Greek economist and politician who has been leader of New Democracy, Greece’s major conservative party, since 2009. A Member of Parliament for Messenia, he was Minister of Finance in 1989, then Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1989 to 1990 and again from 1990 to 1992. Later, he was Minister of Culture in 2009. In June 2012 his party won the most votes in national elections and he was asked to form a government by President Karolos Papoulias

Ex-Prime Minister: Lucas Papademos

Lucas Papademos is a Greek economist who was been Prime Minister of Greece from 11 November 2011 until elections in May 2012 where he remained in a caretake role.

Previously, he was Governor of the Bank of Greece from 1994 to 2002 and Vice President of the European Central Bank from 2002 to 2010. He was also a visiting professor of public policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Financial Studies at the University of Frankfurt.

Papademos was proposed for the position of Prime Minister of Greece on 10 November 2011, after the head of the governing party, George Papandreou, decided to step down, and allow a provisional coalition government to form with the task of taking Greece out of the major political crisis caused by the country’s debt crisis.

After a week of political turmoil, the new coalition cabinet and Prime Minister Lucas Papademos were formally sworn in on 11 November 2011. The new government is a coalition between three of five parliamentary parties, PASOK, New Democracy and the Popular Orthodox Rally. The remaining two parliamentary parties, the Communist Party and the Coalition of the Radical Left Party, had refused Papandreou’s invitation to join talks on a new unity government.

Ex-Prime Minister: George Papandreou

Georgios A. Papandreou, born 16 June 1952), commonly anglicized to George, is the current Prime Minister of Greece following his party’s victory in the 2009 legislative election. His family comes from a long standing political dynasty. He previously served as Minister for National Education and Religious Affairs (1988–1989 and 1994–1996) and was Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1999 to 2004.



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